A report by PRNigeria says that a video clip played before the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential probe panel showed how some operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), popularly known as ‘Magu Boys’ demanded a bribe of N75million from a businessman.
According to the medium, the EFCC had in 2018 refused to obey the order of Justice O.C. Agbaza to lift the restrictions on the account of Damijay Services Limited, after the firm had filed a suit for fundamental rights enforcement at the FCT High Court.
An Abuja-based lawyer, Victor Giwa, who was allegedly involved in the deal, according to the report, did not deny his voice in the 27-minute video clip that was played before the panel.
Giwa, who was a former lawyer to the company on the case with the EFCC, was heard in the video clip mentioning names of suspended chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu among other operatives over the bribery allegation.
The medium stressed that the businessman alleged that on or around May 20, 2020, Giwa asked him to sign three blank cheques (valued at N25 million each), which he would hand over to the people in EFCC to enable them unfreeze the account.
The petitioner had revealed that the said “Magu Boys”, had sent three different bank accounts namely Cikin Gida Nigeria Limited with account number: 1771773211, at Polaris Bank; Black and Black Global Concept Limited with account number: 0259011841 with Gtbank and Amina Kigbu with account number: 2176716071 with Zenith Bank for the payment of the alleged bribe.
When the cheques were not honoured by the bank, the “Magu Boys” requested that the businessman should execute an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (on the company’s official letterhead) in favour of the three bank accounts.
According to the affidavit, the Magu Boys later demanded for 40% of the money in the company’s account (which aggregates to one hundred million Naira) which the businessman outright rejected.
After rejecting their last demand, the businessman said that: “On the 9th of July, 2020, Mr. Mohammed Goje of EFCC called me to come to their office the next day being 10th July, 2020 (Friday).
“I honoured the invitation and stayed for long hours only for me to be informed by him (around 5: 09pm after I had left) that I have been charged to Court by sms and that I was to appear before the F.C.T. High Court sitting at Lugbe by 8:30 am on Monday, 13th July, 2020 to be with a copy of the charge and arraigned simultaneously.
“He warned me via the sms to ‘endeavour to come to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.’ On the 13th of July, 2020 while at the Lugbe High Court, I was served with an Amended Charge dated and filed on the 19th day of June, 2020 (exactly 2 days after I outrightly rejected their fresh demand of 40% of the total sum of the money in the company’s account).
It was reported that Omale, the General Overseer of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, Abuja, was alleged to have helped Magu wire N573 million abroad to acquire properties by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
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